Can a Mazda RX-8 be a Reliable Car? While the RX-8 has the unique rotary style engine, it has a record of being highly unreliable, particularly after 60,000 miles.
How much does a rotary engine cost?
A proper rebuild, one that goes beyond running (120+ PSI warm compression numbers) will be north of $4000. With upgrades for power and longevity, you can expect to pay $6k. A Mazda remanufactured engine comes with new housings, irons, rotors, seals, etc for as low as $2900.
Is the Mazda RX 8 really that bad?
The Rx-8 has a bad reputation. If you are planning to rebuild the engine right away, you’ll definitely have some worry free miles. Remember to keep the engine full of oil. I don’t drive mine all the time but it’s been reliable.
Are rotary engines expensive to repair?
Parts are generally expensive and since it’s a Rotary, you have to take it to rotary mechanic or dealership to get it worked on when something goes awry. Rotaries sometimes have a problem flooding with fuel on cold starts as well.